LACONIA — A 10-year-old who created a diorama showing the Colonial Theater in its heyday was the winner of the an art contest sponsored by the Laconia Historical and Museum Society.
Emma Juliet Fabian said she wanted to create an old-fashioned feel for her diorama and ''show it the way it was'' when the theater was the pride of downtown Laconia after it opened in the early 20th Century.
Unable to locate red velvet material which would have replicated the color of the seats in the theater, she used a fuschia colored material which gave them a bright pink color and also used material for the headpiece of her mother's wedding outfit for curtains.
Fabian was honored for her creation in a ceremony held at the Laconia Public Library Tuesday evening.
Brenda Kean, executive director of the Historical and Museum Society, said that the idea for the contest, in which the organization worked with the children's librarian, was to celebrate the theater restoration project being undertaken by the Belknap Economic Development Council, with financial support from the City of Laconia. BEDC recently purchased the theater and accompanying buildings for $1.4 million and has announced plays to spend another $13 million on the restoration effort. The city will lease the 800 plus seat theater space for use as a public auditorium upon completion of the project, which is expected to take several years.
"Most kids have never been inside the theater so we provided photos of the interior so they could see what it looked like and create an original piece of art. This is going to be huge for Laconia and we wanted to let children have a sense of participation,'' said Kean.
All participants received certificates of merit and were eligible for entry into prize drawings.
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